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MotoGP: Casey Stoner has favourite racing corner named after him ahead of retirement

The reigning champion, who retires at the end of this season, will be remembered after having a high-speed corner at the Phillip Island circuit in his native Australia named after him.

Casey Stoner at the turn named after him in Phillip Island's Australian MotoGP circuit.
Casey Stoner at the turn named after him in Phillip Island's Australian MotoGP circuit.

Reigning champion Casey Stoner has been honoured in his final season after having a corner at his native Australian MotoGP named after him.

The 27-year-old, chasing his sixth consecutive victory at the race, has had the third turn on the Phillip Island circuit named Stoner Corner in his honour.

The Australian rider has dominated MotoGP racing at his home circuit since 2007 and announced he will retire from the sport at the end of this season.

"Turn three is probably my favourite one in the world," he said.

"I am almost flat out in fifth gear through there and that is pretty fast. It really gets your blood flowing that's for sure.

"It always gives me a great rush going through there so to have a corner named after me at Phillip Island is something quite special. It is a great privilege."

Turn Three is a fast downhill left-hander which MotoGP riders hit at more than 250 kilometres per hour (155mph).

Stoner's chances of retaining his MotoGP world title were ended when he suffered serious leg injuries in a crash during qualifying for the Indianapolis MotoGP in mid-August.

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